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Ask Jean: Favorite Shine-Inducing Detangling Shampoo and Conditioner?


We want to answer your most pressing questions—or, you know, just the things that you’re curious about. Please keep them coming to: [email protected]. Below, a q for our beauty director, Jean Godfrey-June.

Dear Jean, Best recommendation for a clean, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that also detangle? Brushing my hair is always a challenge, and I’m worried about breakage. Bonus if it’s unisex. —Ellyn B.

Dear Ellyn, Short answer: These two gorgeous minimalist, giant white pump bottles of Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner leave any hair type—any—shinier, softer, smoother, more manageable, smelling absolutely fantastic, and, bonus, looking like a million bucks.

  1. Grown Alchemist Nourishing Conditioner
    Grown Alchemist Nourishing Conditioner goop, $49
  2. Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo
    Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo goop, $49

How I fell in love with all things Grown Alchemist in the first place is a (slightly) longer story: I stayed at the magical, minimalist, organic Surfrider Hotel, an old ’50s and ’60s motel across the street from the beach in Malibu. The wildly attractive Australians who own it transformed it from “old ’50s and ’60s motel”—I know many people love them, but I loathe the self-consciously cheap and cheerful ironic redesigns of such places—into exactly what you want when you’re looking for beachy-goopy California-ness. I mean exactly. There is macramé, there is earthenware, there are beautiful woods and whitewashed walls, there are textures and neutrals, and there is a lofty airiness to set it all off perfectly. As the sun rises and starts to glint over the Pacific, you curl up with a blanket on a linen-slipcovered sofa in the rooftop garden, coffee and impossibly delicious breakfast bowl (eggs, avocados, fermented veg) at your side, and watch the waves roll in. You are in California, and it is glorious.

Step into the bathroom—again coolly minimalist, with patterned tiles, more whitewashed walls, crinkly linen bathrobes, and beautiful, gigantic pump bottles of clean shampoo, body cream, conditioner, hand wash, and so on, each one smelling faintly but distinctively of different blends of gorgeous Australian botanicals—and you will become a fervent Grown Alchemist devotee forever. (At this stage of the game, all hotels should be using big dispensers instead of the travel-size samples that clog the earth with plastic.) I’m a beauty editor, and even I had to sample everything, right then and there, as soon as I arrived in my room. My hair looked and felt and smelled fantastic, my limbs were soft and supple, and everything was clean and fresh and well moisturized.

  1. Grown Alchemist Intensive Body Cream
    Grown Alchemist Intensive Body Cream:
    Rosa Damascena, Acai &
    Pomegranate – 500ml
    goop, $89
  2. Grown Alchemist Hand Care Kit
    Grown Alchemist Hand Care Kit goop, $100
  3. Grown Alchemist Hand Cream: Vanilla & Orange
    Grown Alchemist Hand Cream:
    Vanilla & Orange
    goop, $15

I left the Surfrider determined to redesign my house in its image; that has not happened, I’m sorry to report. My bathroom (as well as my bedroom, and powder room, and guest room), however, is rife with Grown Alchemist—it makes even my so-heinous-it-might-actually-be-genius powder room, which looks like a Donald Trump tanning booth, with gold accents and a purple-beige sink, feel somehow breezily luxe and organic. (The goop dry brush and shiso candle help, too. The decorating capabilities of beauty products are an unheralded resource.)

  1. Grown Alchemist Watermelon & Vanilla Lip Balm
    Grown Alchemist Watermelon &
    Vanilla Lip Balm
    goop, $23
  2. Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner Set
    Grown Alchemist Nourishing Shampoo
    and Conditioner Set
    goop, $98
  3. goop Beauty Scented Candle: Edition 02 – Shiso
    goop Beauty Scented Candle:
    Edition 02 – Shiso
    goop, $72
  4. goop Beauty G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush
    goop Beauty G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush goop, $20

Tip for LA residents:

Once the world has returned to outdoor dining, make sure to insist on visiting any friends staying at the Surfrider, and schedule your visit for dinnertime. The healthily delicious, ultranourishing food; incredible cocktails; and once-in-a-lifetime view (you can’t eat there unless you’re a guest or a friend of a guest) cannot be missed. But really, just stay there if you can. Or if you already live in a whitewashed, sun-soaked Malibu beach house, stock up on Grown Alchemist.

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Photo courtesy of Nicole Franzen for Surfrider